If the 2018-2019 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) men’s basketball preseason is any indication, a record of four wins while averaging 89.2 points-per-game (ppg) and surrendering 76.5 ppg, the Keyano College Huskies men’s basketball team will have an offense with a muscle and a defense with a hustle.
“With the experience we gained last year (14 wins 10 losses) and the added size and talent, we expect to have a good season,” said second-year coach Jeremy Wielenga. “We added more talent and size at every position and we are deeper at every position.”
Some of the key players for the 2018-2019 ACAC campaign are guards D'Aubre Doucette and Chris Oppong along with a front line featuring veterans’ Stefan Jovcic and Jack Redden along with newcomers Emmanuel Ansah and Glenroy Rolle.
Wielenga comments on each player.
D'Aubre Doucette, 6'1, Guard, 4th year, Business, San Diego, California.
“He can handle the ball for us. He has the ability to be a spot up three-point shooter and he is a great on-the-ball defender. He can also penetrate and find the open player.”
Chris Oppong, 6’2, Guard, 5th, University Studies, Toronto, Ontario.
“This being his fifth year, he has the leadership skills and he is a defensive-minded guard who is physical and rebounds well. He brings energy to the court and he is the heart-and-soul of our team. He has the ability to score and create and make guys better around him. He brings intensity to every possession.”
Stefan Jovcic, 6’5, Forward, 2nd, University Studies, Mississauga, Ontario.
“He is very versatile and he can stretch it to the three. When he gets to run, he causes other teams mismatches and can get to the free throw line. He runs well in transition and gets to the rim for a big fella.”
Jack Redden, 6’6", Forward, 4th, Education, Quesnel, BC.
“He brings the hard work ethic on every possession. He will give me everything he has and he finishes well around the rim. He knows his role and gets to the glass for us.”
Emmanuel Ansah, 6’6, Forward, 3rd, University Studies, Mississauga, Ontario.
“He was last at New Mexico Junior College and has been off a year-and-a-half. He is a very unique player for his size and with his skill level, he has the ability to come off the pick-and-roll and the ability to shoot three or get to rim. He can pass and make the players around him better.”
Glenroy Rolle, 6'7, Forward, 1st, Business, Bahamas
“He was last at a prep school in Kentucky. He has unmatched athleticism and has the ability to outrun any big in the league. He can get to the offensive glass and punish people down low. Defensively, he is really physical and has the ability to change shots. He will continue to grow as the season goes on.”
Current Keyano Huskies ranked in the Top 5 statistical category from ACAC North Division in 2017-2018; Doucette, 3.83 assists per game, 2nd; Doucette, 1.70 steals per game, 4th; Jovcic, 15.2 points per game, 4th; Jovcic, 7.79 rebounds per game, 4th.
Of the season outlook, Wielenga concluded: “We have come together as a team a lot quicker than last year. But we can’t be selfish and we need to move the ball. We have a lot of guys that can score and make plays. We have to move the ball and be consistent. When we hold the ball and get selfish... that will be a problem for us.”
Huskies men open the 2018-2019 ACAC hoop season hosting The Kings University Eagles, Friday October 12, 2018 8 p.m. and Saturday October 13, 2018 3 p.m. at Fort McMurray’s Syncrude Sport & Wellness.
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